Journey to the Center of ConnecticutPosted by Craig Knebel
This is no Jules Verne fictional tale. Unquowa’s sixth grade class descended forty feet into the earth to examine a Karst, or water solutions formed, cavern. Inside the cave the students learned about the erosive effect of water on even hard rock like marble. Students learned the history of the cave and explored its lower recesses on hands and knees. Outside, they learned about mankind’s development of primitive tools from rocks, and made their own rock necklaces.
How Did Your Friday Go?Posted by Lloyd Mitchell
Seventh and eighth grade students opened the school year with a whitewater rafting trip down Deerfield River in Massachusetts. Learning to work together to steer a raft through class II and III rapids requires focusing on each other so everyone rows at the right time to keep the raft on course. Led by guides, the students had the opportunity to really learn what it meant to work as a team. This was a terrific trip that helped us begin the school year on a high note! We look forward to building on the trip’s success in the coming weeks and months!
Meeting Cultures and Creatures in Costa RicaPosted by Craig Knebel
Mr. Knebel and Ms. Tortora led 15 intrepid souls on a nine day sweeping dash through Costa Rica’s towns, forests, beaches and mountains. Students explored rain and cloud forests, black sand Pacific beaches, volcanoes and waterways. We met tree sloths, howler monkeys, crocodiles, macaws, iguanas, and millions of termites which one student sampled. The people were gracious, generous and happy to have visitors especially the students we met at a local school and foster home for children. We visited a coffee and chocolate plantation as well as an ornamental wood crafting working museum. We had a wonderful guide and a busy schedule of ziplining, horseback riding, kayaking, hiking to waterfalls, river boating, swimming and relaxing in volcanic generated hot springs. Even the most apprehensive students began to enjoy conversing in Spanish with the locals as a result of this amazing trip. Muchos gracias Profie and Pavie. PURA VIDA!
ButterfliesPosted by Janice Shannon
Did you ever raise your very own butterfly from a caterpillar in your own house? Did you ever see that a butterfly has fur on its face? Did you ever touch a wing of a butterfly very gently? Did you ever see the proboscis of a butterfly? Did you ever feel a little sad that you had to let your very own butterfly go find his way outside in the world? WE DID………
Searching for SmallPosted by Faith Barbuto
During our unit studying living things, I asked our young scientists a difficult question: What is the smallest living thing? Armed with magnifying glasses we went outside, trying to find the smallest forms of life. We searched diligently, observing many small creatures like ants and spiders. When we returned to the classroom, students wrote their predictions for the smallest living things. Responses varied from insects, ticks and one very astute guess of germs! Once all predictions had been made, I told the class that the smallest life on earth is so small it is invisible to the naked eye – microorganisms. We used our new screen to show some germs and bacteria magnified and had a fun time talking about what we thought they looked like.
Squirrel Stake Out!Posted by Maureen Diallo
On a perfect fall afternoon the first grade scientists crept into the Unquowa woods with their binoculars and clipboards in hand in search of autumn squirrel activity. The class was able to use their binoculars to see a few squirrel nests high up in the trees as well as some squirrels scurrying about to collect nuts and bugs. They saw evidence that the squirrels had been snacking in the woods when they noticed some cracked and chewed up acorns.